Raonic stuns Wawrinka in a five set thriller
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Milos Raonic stunned fourth seed Stan Wawrinka in five sets 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3 to enter his second consecutive Australian Open quarter final. The three-and-a-half hour battle saw fortunes swing after Raonic took the first two sets only for the 2014 champion to storm back into the match by winning the next two.
Raonic, who had defeated Roger Federer at the Brisbane International just a few weeks ago, held his nerve to win the fifth and decisive set 6-3 to march into the quarter final.
It was Raonic's first win against Wawrinka in five meetings, and he has not lost a match at tour level since going down to Rafael Nadal in the third round of last year's Shanghai Masters.
Speaking after the match, Raonic said that this win was the next step for him to try and achieve his goals.
“It is more about what always comes down to me, trying to play in my rhythm, dictate and control the centre of the court and I thought like I was able to carry that through today,” he declared.
Raonic will now face Frenchman Gael Monfils who ousted Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in four sets 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). The 29-year-old Frenchman suffered a deep cut and bruises after an acrobatic dive during the match.
This is the first time that Monfils has entered the quarter final in Melbourne.
In other fourth round matches, eighth seed David Ferrer ousted America's John Isner in straight sets while second seed Andy Murray beat Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 7-6.
On the women’s side, two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Barbora Strycova in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals where she will face seventh seed Angélique Kerber who got the better of Annika Beck in their fourth round encounter.
Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals since 1983 when she survived a thrilling three-set match against 21st seed Ekaterina Makarova.
Konta, ranked 47 in the world, triumphed 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 in the three hour long clash.
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